Long-withheld Pentagon survey shows widespread racial discrimination. About a third of Black American military members reported facing discrimination against on the basis of race, inhuman or degrading treatment for at least twelve months, according to a recent study by the Department of Defense emphasizing concerns about racial discrimination.
A 2017 study, the results of which have not been previously reported, also showed that U.S. soldiers facing racism or harassment had a higher level of dissatisfaction with the grievance process and in particular did not report it.
The data supports the findings of a Reuters 2020 investigation, which found that workers feared that reporting racism might arise and was unfavorable to the risk.
“Overall, the results show that much work is needed to improve the reporting process for those experiencing racial / ethnic discrimination and discrimination,” the Department of Defense acknowledged in a report accompanying the research data.
The Pentagon data release follows a Reuters article last month revealing how the Department of Defense stayed on the details of a 2017 study during President Donald Trump’s administration, and last month denied the Reuters Freedom of Information Act.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a senior member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, has criticized the Pentagon’s failure to disclose details immediately. Gillibrand’s assistant noted that the Senator’s office had been seeking information for months.
Gillibrand told that the recent reports of 2017 has shown that the defence of the President Trump department has deliberately hidden statistics that highlight the problem of racial justice in the military.
He also told that while the leadership of the Department of Defense demonstrates the oral equality, they on the other hand also maintain a report that discloses that minority members face discrimination and abuse, and those who report it are more likely to be punished as perpetrators.
Concerns about racial discrimination in the military – a major U.S. employer It has taken on a new dimension in the past year, as America faces the rest of the world in terms of racism.
Although the military is different from the lower classes, they are mostly white and male at the top. Punishment without punishment and racial harassment play a major role in expelling a few, lawyers said.
The new President-elect Joe Biden emphasized on the importance of diversity in the Pentagon at the time when he announced his election last month to lead it: retired Army General Lloyd Austin, who would become America’s first black defense secretary, if approved by Congress.
The Workplace and Equal Opportunity Survey back in the year 2017 of Active Duty Members has shown that 31.2% of black workers reported racial, harassment or both, compared to 23.3% and 21% of Asian and Spanish soldiers surveyed, respectively, high figures. .
The study is unlikely to eradicate all the prejudices that American soldiers encountered, lawyers said.
Daniel Anderson, a veteran of the Navy who is the chief strategist for the Black Veterans Project, noted that the study only inquired about discrimination over the past 12 months.
Anderson said that he would risk guessing that they have experienced so much discrimination in their careers.
Minors in the U.S. military have reported everything from dealing with racist jokes and insults to hearing allegations of racial superiority. Some of the 17.9% black people surveyed reported hearing someone using black people’s theory.
The report also said that collectively, these results reflect the poor racial / ethnic experiences among active members, especially those who experience racial / ethnic discrimination, occur frequently, are perpetrated by a person of a different race / ethnicity, and are often irreversible.
Of the U.S. military that chose not to report incidents of racism or xenophobia, 39% thought that nothing would be done and that even a large percentage thought that it would make their work unpleasant. Of those who reported the incident, most of them were unaware of the consequences of their complaints, the study found.
The Department of Defense did not explain why the data took so long to extract. The four-year study is so old that the Pentagon needs to make a new one for the 2021 financial year, which ends on September 30.
Anderson, pointing to race-related events four years ago, suspects that the 2021 data will reflect the unsatisfactory situation of members of smaller organizations.
He said that if they were somehow able to get information today 12 months ago, or four years ago, that number would be much worse.